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The Prince's Mistress: A life of Mary Robinson
Hester Davenport
Sutton (Stroud, UK), 2004
ISBN: 0750932279

Mary Robinson (1758-1800), generally known to history as 'Perdita' after the Shakespearean role which made her famous as an actress early in her career, was the first mistress of George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV of England.

When he tired of her and ended the affair, she used some of his more compromising letters to blackmail him for 5000. Soon afterwards, as the age of 26, she became partially paralysed and had to leave the stage, she became a writer, producing several novels, poems and plays. After being abandoned by another lover Captain Tarleton, she took revenge on him as well, by portraying him in two scathing novels. Her last years were overshadowed by increasing poverty and ill-health, and she died at the early age of 42.

This biography paints a vivid picture in words of life with royalty, Georgian theatre and the social world, and the struggle of a determined woman who had to fight against tragedy and misfortune, often not of her own making.
The review of this Book prepared by John Van der Kiste








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Plot & Themes

Royalty bio    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   18th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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